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I feel your pain goats. I have a highly developed talent for stashing critical stuff in ingenious places......of course I never find this ingenious place when I need it.

I have a weird, recurring dream wherein I open a particular drawer and shazamm, there's all the stuff that's been missing for years. If you find that drawer, let me know.
 

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Today was a good day. I went out to the garage to change the oil and filter, rotate the tires and flush the break fluid. First challenge was floor jack would not pump up. Plan B I used a bottle jack all worked out well.

What I really wanted to share with you was the oil filter. The local parts guy was going to order a WIX oil filter and when a got there this morning he had a K&N type. I said I would give it a try. I was worried that it was fatter then the one I took off. I went through the bottom and all worked out well. It looks like someone had bent the sheet metal over to make access easer. It works for me! With all of the discussion about oil filter some time back no one had mentioned the K&N oil filter. Here is a couple of photos of the day in the garage with my Alfa



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Started brakes today. I bought the kit from Centerline that includes slots rotors, braided hoses, and pads. Made good progress until I got to the back brakes. The rotor screws are phillips and stuck. Since it was late, I took a break. Tomorrow I'll try the impact or torch. I had a pulsing in the pedal. After looking at the old brakes, I may have some other trouble. They looked reasonably ok. Its been a while to get dirty with the Spider, I missed it.
 

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The rotor screws are phillips and stuck.
a spray of release agent, then get a big phillips screwdriver that fits those screw heads perfect, then whack it with a big hammer a few times to shock the threads.
Then get the impact driver and they should come out (secret of the impact driver is using a big hammer and one or two solid big whacks...tapping is useless and doesn't twist the impact driver)
 

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We had a great show of Alfa’s, 45 in all at the annual Tutto Italiano show in Brookline, MA today




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help friend put engine and tranny togeather a couple weeks ago... factory alfa manuel says " just press tranny onto the engine " ya, sure...that's not happening...LOLs 2 trips to ace hardware for long and a bit longer bolts, washers, and spacers,, should say PRESS tranny onto the engine.. and to make the day better.. it was 105 degrees...we both lost weight on that one.
 

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Spent an hour or so pulling the intake plenum, injector rail, and three of four injectors. Then spent most of the remainder of the day swearing at the chump who left a stripped the allen bolt of the injector near the thermostat housing. Then spent another couple of hours draining the cooling system, removing the housing, filing flats on the head and extracting the bolt. (There was already a broken bit deep in the head from previous attempts, so no extractor for me....)
All injectors are now out and off for servicing. And I'm cooling down with a Corona.
I've come to internalize the following sentiment, inspired from the wooden boating community, that would be apropos to our cars: You never really "own" a boat. You're just taking care of it for the next person.
 

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Today was a good day. I went out to the garage to change the oil and filter, rotate the tires and flush the break fluid. First challenge was floor jack would not pump up. Plan B I used a bottle jack all worked out well.

What I really wanted to share with you was the oil filter. The local parts guy was going to order a WIX oil filter and when a got there this morning he had a K&N type. I said I would give it a try. I was worried that it was fatter then the one I took off. I went through the bottom and all worked out well. It looks like someone had bent the sheet metal over to make access easer. It works for me! With all of the discussion about oil filter some time back no one had mentioned the K&N oil filter. Here is a couple of photos of the day in the garage with my Alfa



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This was the first time I drove the spider since the oils and break fluid change. The car ran great. I order a pizza for pick up and took the long way to the pizza parlor. There is no other car like an Alfa Spider.
 

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This was the first time I drove the spider since the oils and break fluid change. The car ran great. I order a pizza for pick up and took the long way to the pizza parlor. There is no other car like an Alfa Spider.
We have roundabouts here. The route to and from my destination is adjusted for the most roundabouts!!!!
 

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Went about adjusting the valves. Engine has less than 100 miles, but a bit noisy. Found most clearances a few thou open and one intake valve with 0.000 clearance. The shim must have slipped causing the issue. Ordered a few new shims from Centerline. Engine oil looks good (almost black) and very slippery with assembly lube.
 

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We spent a glorious day driving the spider on the back roads of Ontario ending at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in Hamilton. The place is truly fascinating as the planes are displayed in both the hanger and on the apron. An added benefit is that the planes being rebuild are in the same hanger as the display planes. During the week you can see the volunteers working on these old machines. The displays are not static as periodically an old beast is taken outside to be flown. You can even book a flight on some of the older planes including the Lancaster, B-25 Mitchell, Fairey Firefly and PBY Canso along with a range of other planes from WWI and WWII. Taking a trip in an old bi-plane is truly a wind-in-the-hair experience, even if the the planes are not much faster than my spider.
On the way home we stopped at a local farm to pick up some fresh vegetables and happened parked beside a Stelvio with Quebec plates. It was a nice contrast between a 2018 SUVl and a 1979 sports car and we had a good chat with the owner. And, yes, I look for roundabouts but most Canadians haven't yet mastered these things.
 

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I replaced the front and rear shocks in my 86... the fronts were frozen solid (explaining the covered-wagon like ride) and the rears were original OEMs. I still have lots of suspension work to do but she's on the road.

I also did the fuel filter and lines there. I drove to work today, and found that I'll be renovating/replacing the radiator as I'm running just off the top end of the gauge.

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I replaced the front and rear shocks in my 86... the fronts were frozen solid (explaining the covered-wagon like ride) and the rears were original OEMs. I still have lots of suspension work to do but she's on the road.

I also did the fuel filter and lines there. I drove to work today, and found that I'll be renovating/replacing the radiator as I'm running just off the top end of the gauge.

Steve
Another Arizona guy, eh?
 

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Those darned Zonies keep popping' up.:thumbup1:
 

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Yup, though I'm a transplant, down here in Peoria for about 20 years. I'd love some of your weather right now.

I'm figuring the right course of action here is to replace the radiator, since it's (a) 33 years old and surely never been serviced, and (b) someone seems to have thought epoxy was a good way to fix something. So new radiator, thermostat, hoses, mounting rubber, belts, and shroud (mine is slightly broken and looks like it will shatter when I remove it). Then there's no way those things are a problem. The pump seems ok--no leaks--and I don't know which one I have since it seems there are a million different ones, so I'm leaving it alone for now.

Question: My car has A/C but no electric fan for the condenser. Is that right? I have an engine fan driven S3 Quad.

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New Hope PA Car Show Sunday

Great weather and a great show on Sunday in New Hope Pa. Just went for a great day and took home “Honorable Mention” award!
 

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Beautiful San Diego morning, about 64F and misty /light fog. Car ran beautifully. What fun to drive this machine!!
 

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Man Bob, from when I saw this 71 last, It has certainly changed by the touch of your hands! I'm impressed. Gotta get by to see you soon.
Great Job on the "bomber", :wink2:
 
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